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Food Packaging Has Changed At NRA 2018

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One of the largest restaurant shows was over the weekend in Chicago. National Restaurant Association Show (NRA) brings together everything you could possibly need for a restaurant, commercial kitchen, and startup. Walking the show you’re sure to get 10,000 steps in for the day, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

During our walk of the nearly 2,500 vendors you could see the clear growth into technology. There’s an entire section now devoted to making restaurants more efficient. From foodservice orders of food packaging and disposables, to front of house ordering systems, there’s a digital solution for everything.

The food packaging sphere at the show has changed a bit. The industry has been transitioning away from polystyrene containers to more recyclable options with a better life cycle story. At Genpak we are working on broadening our microwave safe, reusable containers, as well as our compostable product offerings. With focus on better treatment of the environment all plastics manufacturers are looking to streamline processes to protect Mother Earth. Bamboo and molded fiber had a major presence at the show. Check out our Harvest Fiber containers to learn more about our compostable and biodegradable products. Our Green Room has great information highlighting our processes as well as end of life plans for the containers used in restaurants.

Genpak Can Help Deliver the Goods. More on Amazon’s $14 billion Acquisition of Whole Foods

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Who’s Whole Foods’ daddy now? Amazon. Delivery/pickup is not your average trend but a lifestyle that’s expected to reach exponential growth and become more modified. E-commerce giant Amazon has dominated the fresh territory of grocery retail after it’s nearly $14 billion acquisition of the high-end grocer back in 2017. The e-commerce giant has addressed the need of consumers who are accustomed to the old-fashioned brick-and-mortar stores. They have benefited customers in price, online shopping convenience, and engaging platforms that will drive its business forward. A new ad campaign with slogan, “Whatever Makes You Whole” targeted millions of shoppers who are seeking variety in the stale grocery market.

How are consumers adapting to the new trend?amazon stat

Although it’s impact has reached several grocery stores across the market, deli and bakery items are not excluded from the adjustment. Progression is a noticeable factor for Amazon accounts, but not so easy for a grocery chain selling food with an expiration date. Because of this, Amazon hasn’t completely withdrawn Whole Foods shoppers from the brick and mortar scene, but they have provided consumers with another method of shopping for convenience. Grocery delivery services are recognized as need amongst shoppers with fast-paced lifestyles. Thus, Amazon has introduced technologies such as kiosks, tablets, and mobile devices to improve the grocery shopping experience.

Genpak products are still in the mix as you can spot our sustainable packaging across grocery chains, restaurant chains, supply stores, food trucks, and more! When it comes to the grocery retail market, our products offer market flexibility as a powerhouse to consumer needs. Genpak meets this demand with reputable innovations like Oven Ready Food Trays, Smart Set Pro, Clear Hinged Foodservice Containers, and ProView to propel foodservice industry growth.

What are your thoughts on grocery delivery?

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Knowing Your Plastics: Recycling Symbols No. 1 to 7

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plastic resin identification codes

Have you ever wondered what the number inside the arrowed triangle means at the bottom of a plastic product? That logo printed on your plastic is known as a Resin Identification Code or RIC, which a set of symbols used to identify the type of resin from which a plastic product is made. Created by The Society of the Plastics, the system was introduced to U.S. recycling facilities in the late 1980s as a method of reprocessing plastics for further use and manufacturing. Today, the resin code system has become a useful tool for consumers after an increased public awareness of recycling.

What is Resin?

Before plastic is transformed into a product, it starts out in the form of tiny pellets known as resin. Resin is the base of the manufacturing process and have various properties. The pellets undergo a molding method where the plastic is transformed; but the way a product is manufactured depends on the type of resin used. For example, the forming process from P.E.T. resin will be different from the forming process of polystyrene resin, which is why the RIC system is important.

Do Genpak products contain BPA (Bisphenol-A)?

BPA is not used either directly or indirectly with any Genpak products include polystyrene or foamed polystyrene products.

Genpak products can be broken down and reformed into more products.

Here are our recyclable plastics, which are safe and offer various features and benefits.

#1 PETE - Polyethylene Terepthalate

Polyethylene Terepthalate

stacked clear food containers

P.E.T. plastic products are the most common type of curb-side recyclable plastic. Genpak’s containers made of this material also contain up to 30% post-consumer recycled content, in our conservational efforts to eliminate waste. Genpak’s P.E.T. products include , Clear Hinged Food Containers, Oven Ready Bakery and Food Containers, Hinged Bakery Containers, Supermarket Containers, Serving Bowls, Clear Cups as well as most of our clear Foodservice Lids.

#5 PP - Polypropylene

Polypropylene

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Another common, curb-side recycled plastic is polypropylene. This type of material is commonly used to produce microwave safe products and great for carrying heavy meals. At Genpak, we produce our Smart Set Pro, Harvest Pro and our new ProView products from polypropylene, which are microwavable and dishwasher-safe for convenience.

#6 PS - Polystyrene

Polystyrene

polystyrene hinged food containers

Polystyrene is a common type of food packaging material with the #6 plastic identification symbol. It has been safely used for nearly 50 years. Genpak products made of polystyrene material include our Smart Set Foam, Foam Hinged Dinner Containers, Foam Hinged Snack Containers, Dinnerware, and our Food Serving Trays. For more information about polystyrene, click here. Need to know where to drop off a Genpak foam product to be recycled? Click here to search for a foam recycling facility nearest your location.

At Genpak, we’re passionate about engineering products that perfectly blend with immediate packaging needs. Our history has demonstrated a consistency in developing new products that are both sustainable and recyclable.

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Are These Containers Safe In The Microwave? How To Tell If Something Is Safe For The Microwave.

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We have all been there. The moment you go to reheat your leftovers and you’re not sure they can go in as is. Below are some instructions to ensure your container can handle the microwave.

  • Check the bottom of the container for a symbol. Microwave safe is usually a microwave with some wavy lines on it. If they container has a #5 on it, it is made from polypropylene, PP, so it is generally considered microwave safe. Smart Set Pro and ProView are perfect for microwave applications.microwave safe iconsSmart Set Pro food containers
  • CPET, #1 is safe for the microwave. These containers are usually used for oven ready applications like our meal solutions and bakery trays. Not to be confused the APET, CPET has been crystallized meaning it can withstand much higher temperatures.  CPET products are NEVER clear.
  • APET(E), #1 is not safe for the microwave. These are deli containers, supermarket containers, water bottles, and most containers used for cold foods and display packaging. They are recyclable but not safe to reheat in.
  • PS, polystyrene, Styrofoam, #7 is not safe for the microwave. Most take out containers and clamshells are made of foam for its insulation properties. They keep food warm during transport so you don’t have to reheat them. Be sure to put your food on a plate or other safe container before zapping them in the microwave.
  • Harvest Fiber containers are not recommended for microwave use. They are all natural and compostable.Harvest Fiber food containers
  • Paper products should not go in the microwave since many of them are coated, sealed, or glued to stay together. These additives could leak into your food.

Why You’ll Love the New A8801 & AS8802 Clear Hinged Food Service Containers

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Authentic food presentation is key to inclined sales in today’s market, and there is no better product to use for customer attraction than Genpak’s new A8801 and AS8802 Clear Hinged Food Service Containers. We introduce to you a duo of attention-grabbing packaging that showcases signature menu items to strengthen brand image. They are both addendums to our extensive product line of clear food service containers, and they showcase signature food items beautifully. Here are the reasons why you’ll love these containers as much as we do.

First, let’s talk about the obvious. They’re crystal clear!

Consumers love transparency, and it’s relieving to have this see-through feature incorporated into our food packaging designs. The A8801 and AS8802 Clear Hinged Food Service Containers provide an unmatched clarity for superior food visualization. They effortlessly speak volumes to shoppers who value an honest evidence of food items. Consumers are more inclined to purchase food contained in transparent packaging because it offers them visual validation. These containers also allow for various viewing angles with our 360 degree packaging design.
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They’re durable and robust.

Sustainability is a high priority in the packaging industry, which can be found in our sculptural clamshell design in the A8801 and AS8802. The rim around top of the container allows for easy stacking and creates shelf appeal. It contains both a secure button-lock closure and our popular Secure Seal® feature, to shield oxygen and maintain freshness of food. The AS8801 was constructed with one open compartment space for custom meal combinations, while the AS8802 includes two slanted compartments to elevate food assortments at a unique viewing angle.

They make an eco-impact.

Environmentally friendly plastic is a viable attribute that makes us competitive for the future of food service. The A8801 and AS8802 are made of PET, which is a versatile substrate that is widely accepted by most municipalities curb side recycling programs.

As a company accustomed to diversifying in our food packaging options, you can make food items look more compelling with the transparent duo that exhibits our sustainability objectives and meets our hygienic standards. Display your product at its eye appealing best with Genpak’s new A8801 and AS8802 Clear Hinged Food Service Containers!

Want more details? Check out our video of the A8801 and AS8802 and tell us what you think in the comment section. Since you’re new to these products, you can request samples and experience them for yourself.

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How Genpak’s Microwavable Containers Protect The Environment

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Source reduction is becoming widely acceptable in our society in hopes of eliminating waste and protecting the environment. Manufacturers are taking advantage of this solution using the three R’s of sustainability: reduce, reuse, and recycle. This 3-step process generates new paths explored by Gen Xers and Millennials as they are more versed in saving the environment through various source reduction programs.

Microwavable Containers that protect the environment

Smart Set Pro containers are recyclable, reusable, and microwave safe.

Here at Genpak, we mark environmental solutions as a high priority by making conservational moves in the food packaging industry. Our best example of that is Smart Set Pro, a collection of microwave safe containers that are designed to be reused, as they are dishwasher safe and recyclable. High in quality and in value, these sustainable containers are perfect for signature menu items and are revolutionary for the ever evolving dine-in, take out, and home delivery platforms. In addition, it’s comprised of textured polypropylene, which is cool to the touch and 20% lighter compared to other competitor options.

We take pride in meeting the growing demand for quality products one container at a time, as we strive to be your food packaging company.

Interested in learning more about what Genpak is doing to protect the environment? Visit the Green Room for global facts, concerns, and our solutions. For more information about Smart Set Pro, click here. To request a sample, click here.

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Recycled Foamed Polystyrene

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Being a company that produces products from foamed polystyrene, which is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam, we often get asked about recycling. There is a common misconception that foam polystyrene products can’t be recycled. Foam polystyrene can and is being recycled. Please keep in mind, just because your local municipality may not accept products that carry the #6 Recyclable recycle symbol does not mean it is not recyclable. Check out this awesome video from the good folks at Chick-Fil-A to see what they do with their used foam drink cups.

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